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Kate Thomas

”Pink Martini, Tom Waits, Amy Winehouse and Kate Bush walk into a ... festival”

One of the most entertaining and engaging shows I have ever experienced ... Kate’s phenomenal charisma and encouragement of audience interaction created an electric atmosphere ... an exceptionally talented performer; the audience singing along, dancing and rewarding every song with rapturous appreciation ... such a superb talent ... She is certainly one to watch and an artist we hope to work with again in the near future.” - ARTHOUSE MUSIC

Eclectic British singer-songwriter Kate Thomas grew up in a small town in Essex called Laindon, near a place nicknamed 'Alcatraz'. Feeling trapped in her early years, Kate would immerse herself in music, maps and languages. The family home was, 'small with woodchip on the walls', but it was warm and creative and the family would spend their time playing music together. The soundtrack to Kate's childhood was mostly jazz, with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra featuring prominently. Kate's grandad 'farvie' was also a well-known drummer in East London; playing regularly at Ronnie Scott's and at the Krays’ now notorious R&R club. Kate's early interest in languages continued unabated, leading her not only to sing Italian opera, on a chair, in a restaurant, in a place called 'Bas Vegas', but also to translate a love letter into Russian for a neighbour!

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One of the most entertaining and engaging shows I have ever experienced ... Kate’s phenomenal charisma and encouragement of audience interaction created an electric atmosphere ... an exceptionally talented performer; the audience singing along, dancing and rewarding every song with rapturous appreciation ... such a superb talent ... She is certainly one to watch and an artist we hope to work with again in the near future.” - ARTHOUSE MUSIC

Delightful!” - BTL JAZZ

“Where the energy of rock blends in with the intimacy of folk” - A&R FACTORY

“A stunning 4-tracks of gypsy-folk that displays Latin to Jazz and acoustic influences for a result that will make you want to watch Chocolat again.” - FREQUENCY 21

“Kate Thomas you have certainly got a style of your own!” - MEL WATSON, PHOENIX FM

​”This time she's got a full band behind her and it sounded, for want of a better word, off the musical hook!” - JAZZY RON

“Kate's voice is like melting chocolate, with cream, then more chocolate” - BAD LAYDEE

“Like Edith Piaf and Judy Garland all wrapped up in one”​- HELEN LEDERER

Ella Fitzgerald
voice / vocals
Astrud Gilberto
voice / vocals
Billie Holiday
voice / vocals
Madeleine Peyroux
voice / vocals
Melody Gardot
voice / vocals
Pink Martini
band/orchestra
Natacha Atlas
voice / vocals

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How Did I Get Back...

Howl from the Embers
2020

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The Lion's Raw

Self Produced
2017

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Senseless

From: The Lion's Raw
By Kate Thomas

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